© Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax
A Halifax Regional Police officer at the scene a shooting in north-end Halifax in June of last year.
New figures released by Statistics Canada suggest Halifax and Moncton have the highest rates of “firearm-related” violent crime among Canada’s major urban centres.
The “Firearms and violent crime in Canada, 2012” report shows that both the number of victims and the rate of firearm-related violent crime in Canada fell by more than one-quarter between 2009 and 2012.
“Although violent crime is generally decreasing, the rate of firearm-related violent crime has fallen at a faster pace than that of non-firearm-related violent crime,” states the report.
The term “firearm” refers to handguns, shotguns, rifles, fully-automatic firearms and pellet or flare guns.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba had the highest provincial rates of firearm-related violent crime in 2012 at 34 and 32 per 100,000 population, respectively.
Among Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs,) Halifax had 41 firearm-related violent crimes per 100,000 population and Moncton had 39.
The report suggests handguns are the most commonly-used firearm in CMAs, with Toronto reporting the highest proportion of handgun use in firearm-related violent crimes.